Dalai Lama’s take on Tiger Woods’ Buddhism, infidelity

Monday, February 22, 2010

WASHINGTON - The Dalai Lama may have never heard of Tiger Woods and his famous “transgressions” but the spiritual leader appears to share similar views on Buddhism and infidelity.

Woods, who recently renounced his adulterous ways in a carefully crafted apology to his family, fans, and fellow golfers, remained an unfamiliar subject to the Dalai Lama, who is on a US tour after his controversial meeting with President Barack Obama last week.

He called his unfamiliarity with sports “my disgrace” when questioned on the subject.

When told of the golfer’s indiscretions and subsequent enlightenment, he made observations about restraint close to the line Woods took.

“Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important … self-discipline with awareness of consequences,” the Independent quoted him, as saying.

“Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse,” he added.

Even though the Dalai Lama is expected to be in Woods’s home state Florida on Monday, the world’s no. 1 golfer won’t be able to meet the leader of the religion he promises to re-embrace, as he is due back at his sex rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi. (ANI)

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